10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on June 7, 2009
I would give this zero stars if possible. I'll just cut to the chase, THESE DO NOT WORK! Don't waste your money. After patching a tiny puncture the patch failed immediately after applying only 30 lbs to the remounted tire. Removed tire and re-patched using another Skab. The exact same thing occurred. Failure of the patch. These may be cheap and light but they suck at what they are supposed to do, patch an inner tube. I'll probably avoid any Slime brand products from now on.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on July 4, 2010
I've got a couple of these scab on a couple of tubes and I see that most leak. At first they work, but they don't seem to handle inflation and deflation very well, they don't stretch with the tube.
All the other types of patches I've ever used worked.
Not worth the trouble.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I gave this product two stars because the tire levers work very well to pop the tire off the rim, and are much handier than, say, a pair of flat head screwdrivers or some other alternative for unseating the tire.
However... the patches are absolutely useless. I went through ALL of them trying to patch a small hole (actually, more like a narrow slit about 1/16" long--no larger than a typical thorn puncture) in my daughter's 12-1/2" x 1.75 bike tire tube. Although that tire only needs a relatively low 30 psi of pressure, the patches simply would not stay adhered. I tried roughing the spot (with the included metal scraper) more and more with each patch attempt until the tube looked VERY rough. No matter how rough the surface, nor how clean (I even tried mineral spirits to ensure there was no grease or debris preventing adhesion), each time I pressed a patch in place, it would lift the instant I tried to inflate the tire. Usually, this happened before I could even pump 12 psi into it. I tried pumping in some air while plugging the leak with my finger and then adhering the patch (as a reviewer here recommends, even though that flatly contradicts the instructions) and it still didn't work. I tried letting a couple of the patches sit for an hour and six hours respectively, but it made no difference. (The instructions suggest that you can pump up the tire immediately, but I thought some drying/curing time might help the patch stick better.) I even tried two slightly overlapping patches, using one to cover the corner where the other patch was lifting. Nothing worked. Each time the patch, or patches, lifted somewhere to let the air flow freely out again.
It gets worse... on the last two attempts with these patches, I tried squirting Slime sealing fluid (sold separately) into the tube also. Even the two combined did not work, even though the bike shop assured me either product by itself should patch a hole as small as the one in my daughter's tire (they told me these are rated to repair up to 1/8" round hole, which is much larger than what I was attempting to fix). Ultimately, I ended up spending $5.99 to get a new tube, had to disassemble the rear axle, chain, and sprocket in order to put it on the rim. I had wanted to avoid that, which is why I bothered with two different Slime products. However, in retrospect, I wasted a lot of time and a little money on the Slime brand of patches and sealing fluid. The only thing I got any benefit from was the tire levers packaged with these patches, which were very handy for unseating the tire the six or seven times I took it off to try yet another patch.
If you need a patch, get a more traditional patch with a large rubbery surface area and a tube of rubber cement or vulcanizing compound. If I had been able to find one, I know it would've patched the hole in my daughter's bike better and easier than fooling with this Slime product.
For what it's worth, I don't usually review products I dislike because often I dislike it as a matter of preference, not because of some defect. But in this case, these patches were so inept at performing the simple function they were designed to do, that I feel obliged to warn people away from them.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on November 25, 2007
I had a small punture that was about 1/3 cm wide. I followed the instructions and used the patch after I roughened up the area. It looked like it was sealed properly, but within 12 hours the tire was flat again. I tried it again and this time I gave it a day to stick before I inflated the tire. It worked a little better, but still got flat. The only reason why I gave this product 2 stars is because the tire levers included makes it a whole lot easier to remove and replace the tire.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 21, 2009
Have used it two times, one leak after a few hour of ride
another after a few days.
Bubble will form under the patch and eventually reach the edge and leak.
Difficult to remove to use normal patch. Will just torn to pieces.
Good for temp fix.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 23, 2014
Appropriately named, Scabs. They fall off in a few days. Most often they don't last that long. I tried 3 of these patches on 2 different tubes. I followed the instructions exactly. This is one worthless product.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 13, 2012
Absolutely terrible, leaked right away, i tried repatching it 3 times. The hole was not that big, the last time i tried using 4 at once all overlapping, did not help.
on May 23, 2013
I know most cyclists would just pack extra inner tubes but after a very positive experience with these I keep them in addition to spare tubes. I did a 200+ mile ride last fall with a buddy. 17 Miles in I picked up a thorn and my tire went flat immediately. As an experiment, he pulled out a pack of these that he had for years and had never used. We locates the hole and patched it according to the directions. I was nervous about this fix as we had a long way to go and it seemed hokie... That said, I finished the tour on the patch and actually he had to patch a tire too. Mine lasted the 190 or so miles and his held through the trips end as well. While not as definite as replacing the tube, these provide you with options at little cost of weight and space. In addition, the tire levers are adequate in role as well...
on July 13, 2011
I got some of these from a friend awhile back and tossed them in my bag just in case. I typically carry one spare tube, a vulcanizing patch kit, and now this. I used these today for a double flat. I had one spare tube, which went on the rear tire, and the better of the two damaged tubes went on the front, with a Skab. I prepped the tube with the sandpaper you get in a vulcanizing patch kit (not the cheese grater that comes with it). The front tire did not hold the ~90psi I put in it - it felt more like 60? It did get me home, though, without waiting for a real vulcanizing patch to cure. I think this product is useful for exactly this kind of situation - a temporary emergency repair. It is staying in my bag.